Each of our staff members retain several of the following certifications:
Josh has been guiding year round for a living for 20 years. He possesses a strong knowledge of the San Juan Mountains and feels that the Telluride area has endless outdoor recreation opportunities. Josh grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he was introduced to climbing, paddling, mountaineering, and skiing.
From an early age he made it a point to find new places to explore. Some of his favorite destinations are Joshua Tree, Zion, Red Rocks, Moab, the Adirondacks, Acadia, Cascades, China, Ecuador, Argentina, Nepal and Bolivia. Josh has a love and appreciation for the natural world, which makes him passionate in sharing this love with others. He feels that it is the SJOA’s responsibility to help pass on an appreciation of all of the areas local cultural and natural history.
Josh’s education includes a B.S. in Adventure Based Recreation Program Management and an Associates in Outdoor Recreation. Some of his certifications and training include American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Top Rope Certification, AMGA rock instructor course, The American Institute for Avalanche Research and education (AIARE) Level II professional avalanche training, (AAA) Level II avalanche training, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and CPR for the Health Care Provider. Josh lives in Telluride, Colorado with his wife Tara, their son’s Lincoln and Brahm, and two cats.
- Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
- Wilderness First Responder / First Aid Certification
- Low to High Angle Rescue
- Outdoor Emergency Care Technician
- CPR for the Healthcare Provider / Professional Rescuer
- Avalanche Courses Level I -III
- AMGA Certification & Membership
- American Avalanche Association Professional Membership
Christopher grew up on the Gulf Coast of Southern Texas and the Mountains of Monterrey, Mexico where he first found his love for the Mountains. Straight out of High School he moved up to Colorado in the pursuit of living and playing amongst the mountains. Since then he’s climbed, skied, and lived all over the western United States and Canada. Along the way he’s picked up skills and certifications like Wilderness First Responder and Level 1 Avalanche Cert. As well as joining the likes of the American Alpine Club and Telluride Mountain Club. Today he lives in Telluride and travels the world in search of his next great adventure. While in Telluride he loves to share outdoor experiences with fellow travelers looking for a safe and memorable experience in the San Juans. Christopher is bilingual speaking both English and Spanish
Peters Guiding and personal adventures have taken on some wild adventures including 3 winter seasons spent in the Alps, skiing and climbing in India, Mountaineering in Peru and Nepal, a first ascent in China(Peak 5965m), A complete climb and partial ski of Mt St Elias, the second highest peak in the USA, not to mention 14 trips up Denali. Peters favorite passions are backcountry and ski mountaineering, ice climbing, and rock climbing(preferably in the warm desert sun). When he is not guiding or adventuring he works as an avalanche technician for the Telluride ski area(going on year 20). ” I love the outdoors, what can I say”.
He is frequently requested as guest lecturer, presentator and clinic instructor at the Ouray Ice Festival,Pont Rouge (Festiglace) ice festival, Bozeman Ice Festival, Cody Ice Festival and many others. He continues to write and publish stories for various websites, companies and climbing journals.
His climbing career began in 1968 in Southern California where he climbed at Tahquitz, Joshua Tree and Yosemite. He eventually became a part of the influential Stonemasters
Climbing group and went on to ascend big walls in Yosemite. Many of these were second ascents (The Shield, Zodiac, Tangerine Trip, Tis-Sa-Ack, Cosmos, Gobi Wall, El Cap Towers Right Side, Mescalito). Later on he gravitated to alpine climbing in Europe, Canada, Alaska where he established first ascents on Mt. Huntington, Denali, Mount Lewis, Mt. Kennedy and more. With Dale Bard he did the first free ascent of Polar Circus and with Tobin Sorenson did the first winter ascent of the North Face on Mt. Robson and the first winter ascent of the Central Couloir on Mount Kitchener.